GoriLLA Group

The Growing, Learning, and Living with Autism (GoriLLA) group sessions are parent assisted group interventions, intended for children who are primarily included in regular education in their school and have on grade level reading skills. At least one parent is required to attend each session.

Students will be assigned in groups of 4-5 students by grade level:

1st and 2nd graders

3rd to 5th graders

One initial individual assessment session with an autism specialist is scheduled with the child and parent to determine learning style and strengths and challenges and group readiness, and to discuss concerns and goals for the intervention sessions.  Some groups have 2 parent lectures prior to the start of the group to introduce parentsto the content of the intervention.

Group sessions with parents and child – these consist of a mix of large group activities (parents and children together) and small group activities in which the children will work with one autism specialist while the parents work with another. Curriculum includes activities from Social Thinking™, Zones of Regulation, and other evidenced based intervention methodologies.  Structured TEACCHing strategies will be used throughout the intervention and parents will be coached on how to use Structured TEACCHing strategies outside of the clinical setting.

Autism will be discussed with the children in the older groups, and it is expected that older students will have some understanding about their diagnosis before the sessions start.

Who: Individual with ASDin grades 1-8 with grade level reading proficiency and some writing skills

Where: Raleigh TEACCH Center

When: 90-minute group sessions, weekly attendance for 14 weeks

How: Contact your local TEACCH center at 919-445-9993 for more information and to start the intake process.

PEERS (Group Intervention for Adolescents) – Coming Soon!

PEERS is a 16-week evidence-based social skills intervention for motivated adolescents in middle school or high school who are interested in learning ways to help them make and keep friends. During each group session adolescents are taught important social skills and are given the opportunity to practice these skills in session during socialization activities (e.g. playing sports, board games, etc.).

Parents are taught how to assist their teens in making and keeping friends by providing feedback through coaching during weekly socialization homework assignments.

Who: Motivated Individuals with ASD in middle or high school

Where: Raleigh TEACCH Center

When: 90-minute group sessions, weekly attendance for 16 weeks

How: Contact the Raleigh TEACCH Center at 919-445-9993 for more information and to start the intake process.

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) – Coming Soon!

This group focuses on teaching and practicing skill focused modules (Mindfulness, Distress Tolerance, Emotion Regulation, and Interpersonal Effectiveness) which are designed to help individuals improve management of behavioral, emotional and cognitive instability. New skills are presented each week and homework is assigned for individuals to practice during the week and reviewed in future groups.

Who: Individual with ASD age 18 and older

Where: Raleigh TEACCH Center

When: 90-minute group sessions, weekly attendance for 14 weeks

How: Contact the Raleigh TEACCH Center at 919-445-9993 for more information and to start the intake process.

Fee for Services – Our clinical services are provided as part of the UNC Health Care system’s UNC Faculty Physicians group. We currently accept the same insurance providers as UNC Health Care. For a complete list please click here.